Drake Falls, Oregon

When deciding what waterfall to discuss next, I choose waterfalls randomly in order to get a good variety of different locations. The first waterfall I talked about in Silver Falls State Park was Twin Falls, which is one of my least favorite falls in the park. Drake Falls, the waterfall of interest here, is another of my least favorite falls in the park. The more exciting falls in the park are to come!

Drake Falls is wide. It’s not very tall, but oh well. You can’t get a really great view of the falls, and even then, it’s not that distinct. Looking at pictures of Twin Falls and Drake Falls, I realized that it’s actually difficult to even tell the two falls apart. The other falls in the park are just more unique and interesting.


  1. From Salem, drive east on US-22 to the junction of US-22 and OR-214.
  2. Head north on OR-214 for 15 miles, following the numerous signs to Silver Falls State Park.
  3. You can park at either the South Falls or North Falls parking areas. The South Falls parking area is larger, and the Waterfall Trail leads you past all of the falls.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 27′
Length of Hike: 8.7 miles round-trip (to see all waterfalls in the park)

Drake Falls in Silver Falls State Park (May 2010)

Where in the World is Drake Falls?


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